National Geographic : 1944 Dec
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome by Alfred T.Palmer To Buoy Up Fighting Men's Life Jackets, Children Picked These 90,000 Pounds of Fluffy Milkweed, Drying atPetoskey's Fairgrounds A heavy stand of this waterproof substitute for Java's cultivated kapok grows wild in this area. In 1943 the crop was collected as an experiment. In1944 a29-State campaign was organized to gather 1,500,000 pounds of milkweed for military requirements. Pods wereshipped toPetoskey for processing.